I was at the 2002 Major League All-Star Game in Milwaukee as a member of the working press. You remember...this is the infamous tie game in which both teams ran out of pitching and Commisioner Bud Selig announced the game would end in a tie. It even led to the ill-advised change where now the winning league in the game gets home field advantage in the World Series.
But I want to remember the night before that historic game...the night of the 2002 Home Run Derby where Sammy Sosa put on a show. He hit balls literally out of Miller Park...the panels were open in the outfield and some of his shots went out of the stadium. The crowd was wowed but it was almost expected after the home run onslaught of the previous few years. Everybody hit home runs back in those days...and except for a few voices in the wilderness...nobody questioned what they were seeing. Certainly not Bud Selig and the owners. They just loved that the turnstiles were spinning and money was flowing into their coffers. Nevermind that Bonds, McGwire and Sosa were making a mockery of the baseball record book.
Selig met with reporters at the All-Star game yesterday in New York. He categorically denied that baseball was slow to react to the Steroid Era and said that the constant testing that goes on now is not an over-vigilant effort to polish his legacy as he heads toward retirement. Even if I give him the benefit of the doubt on that last part...he is being foolish to try and convince anyone that he along with the rest of the baseball management system (players union included) didnt ignore what was going on for far too long...and as always money was the driving factor.
The Northwoods League had its first no-hitter last night. Jacob Stone tossed the no-no as Waterloos beat Thunder Bay 8-0. The Woodchucks lost on a walk-off homer from Ryan Krill as Lakeshore won it 5-4...The two teams play tonight and you can hear the game on Foxsports1390 & FM 93.9. Green bay hammered Wisconsin Rapids 20-5.
If you want tickets to the Packers-Vikings game at the Metrodome you can start buying them today. single game seats go on sale this morning although for the Packer-Viking game on Oct 27th you also have to buy a ticket for the Viking-Brown game on Sept 22.
Legion baseball tonight has Plover visiting Wausau for a 7pm game at Athletic Park. Merrill travels to Stevens Point.
Songs of The Day (from my I-pod)
Magic Bus-The Who (1968) Can't have too much wood block in a rock classic...right? Keith Moon was a great drummer
Magic Carpet Ride-Steppenwolf (1968) another slice of psychedelia from that tumultous year. I would imagine the groovy instrumental break launched many a 'trip".